Frank Hecker, Catalyst for the Web

It’s time to take a moment to thank and congratulate Frank Hecker, winner of the 2009 Catalyst Award, for his work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

The Catalyst award page describes Frank perfectly:

Catalysts are elements or chemicals that can cause or accelerate reactions but do not, themselves, get used up. They are, in this case, people who make things happen by their presence and by what they do. They don’t necessarily do everything themselves, but they bring out and enable the best in the rest of us. They connect the rest of us, and facilitate our interactions so that we all can do great things. They connect us, and facilitate us so that we all can do great things.

Not only has Frank done a lot for accessibility, he’s behind a lot of the work on the open web, which we all enjoy and appreciate. Frank has helped many individuals live up to their true potential. Please see the 2009 Catalyst Award announcement page for more details on what Frank enabled, and how he did it. This award was an easy choice.

Anything is possible if you don’t care who takes the credit. Thanks again Frank, not only for teaching us that, but for all you’ve done for this community. We could use a few more people like you.

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4 Responses to Frank Hecker, Catalyst for the Web

  1. Tristan says:

    Really good news for Mozilla and Frank! Go Frank!

  2. Victor says:

    Truly deserved. A lot of accessibility-related projects would not happen if not for Frank’s final approval stamp. :) So thanks, Frank. Rock on!

  3. Ken Saunders says:

    Fantastic news and a well deserved award indeed.

    Thanks for posting this Aaron.

  4. David Bolter says:

    Finally chiming in here. I’m so thrilled with the support from the Mozilla Foundation and Frank Hecker. The FOSS accessibility ecosystem wouldn’t be the same without them.

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